Category Archives: Snapshots

December Delights

We’ve reached the twelfth and final month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  To the Anglo-Saxons it was Geolamonab (Yule Month), to the Christians it was Heligh Monath (Holy Month) but we know it as December. … Continue reading

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November Nuances

We now reach the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian and Julian calendars. It was called ‘Blotmonath’ by the Anglo-Saxons, meaning the month of blood sacrifice and we know it as November. It is the last month to … Continue reading

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October Oddments

The tenth month of the year is October in the Gregorian and Julian calendars and the sixth of seven to have 31 days.  The Anglo-Saxons called this month ‘Winterfylleth’ as it marked the celebration of the beginning of winter. (I’m … Continue reading

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September Snippets

To the Anglo-Saxons it was ‘Gertsmonath’, to the Romans ‘Septum’ but we know it as the ninth month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and call it September. It is the third of four months to have 30 days and … Continue reading

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Aspects of August

Originally named ‘Weod Monath’ (weed month) by the Anglo-Saxons, August is the eight month in the Gregorian and Julian calendars.  Called ‘Sixtilis’ by the Romans, it was renamed in honour of Julius Caesar’s grandnephew, after he defeated Anthony and Cleopatra … Continue reading

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Joyful July

Anglo-Saxons called July ‘Heymonath’ (haymaking) or ‘Maed’ (flowering meadows). It is the seventh month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  It was originally called Quintilius meaning fifth month, as at the time, January and February were … Continue reading

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Jubilant June

Here we are at the half way point of the year, with June being the sixth of twelve months in the Julian and Gregorian calendars!  It is the second to have 30 days and the third to have less than … Continue reading

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Memorable Moments in May

May is thought to be named after Maia after the Greek Goddess of Fertility. The third of seven months to have 31 days, after January and March, it’s the fifth month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Superstitions and Sayings Couples … Continue reading

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Appreciating April

April is the fourth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars and was called Aprilis by the Romans, meaning ‘to open’. The Anglo-Saxons called it Eosturmonth (Easter month). Birth flowers are daisy and sweet pea.  Birthstone is the diamond symbolising innocence. … Continue reading

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Marvellous March

March is the third month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars but before the calendar reform, it was the first month of the year. The months we now know as January and February were just called ‘winter’! March was called … Continue reading

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